Thursday, January 17, 2008

At Gleason's Gym


AT GLEASON'S GYM; Ted Lewin; New Milford, CT: Roaring Brook Press, 2007; unpaged Picture Book
Too many people will miss this remarkable picture book because they dislike the subject matter, which is boxing. But Ted Lewins' watercolors seem to perfectly capture the sounds, sights, and even smells of New York's Gleason's Gym, "just a left hook away from the Brooklyn Bridge." Whether or not you can reconcile yourself to the art, science, and sport of boxing, this is a book that perfectly recreates the atmosphere in which athletes, young and old, work so very hard to improve and to shine.

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